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Uprooted : how Breslau became Wrocław during the century of expulsions

Author: Gregor Thum
Publisher: Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this work, Gregor Thum tells the story of how the Wroclaw's new Polish settlers found themselves in a place that was not only unfamiliar to them but outright repellant given Wroclaw's Prussian-German appearance and the enormous scope of wartime destruction.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregor Thum
ISBN: 9780691140247 0691140243 9780691152912 0691152918
OCLC Number: 667990331
Description: xl, 508 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A note on names --
Prologue: A dual tragedy --
The destruction of Breslau --
Poland's shift to the west --
pt. 1. The postwar era : rupture and survival --
Takeover --
Moving people --
A loss of substance --
Reconstruction --
pt. 2. The politics of the past : the city's transformation --
The impermanence syndrome --
Propaganda as necessity --
Mythicizing history --
Cleansing memory --
The pillars of an imagined tradition --
Old town, new contexts --
pt. 3. Prospects --
Amputated memory and the turning point of 1989 --
Appendix 1: List of abbreviations --
Appendix 2: Translations of Polish institutions --
Appendix 3: List of Polish and German street names.
Other Titles: Fremde Stadt.
Responsibility: Gregor Thum ; translated from the German by Tom Lampert and Allison Brown ; translations of Polish sources by W. Martin and Jasper Tilbury.
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With the stroke of a pen at the Potsdam Conference following the Allied victory in 1945, Breslau, the largest German city east of Berlin, became the Polish city of Wroclaw. This work examines the  Read more...


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